RACING REUNION ENDS SUCCESSFUL WEEK LONG RUN AT FAIRGROUNDS SQUARE, DATES AND PLANS IN PLACE FOR 2010 SHOW

Date: 3/1/2009 6:52:09 PM

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- - THANK YOU
MARCH 1, 2009
READING, PA

RACING REUNION ENDS SUCCESSFUL WEEK LONG RUN AT FAIRGROUNDS SQUARE,
DATES AND PLANS IN PLACE FOR 2010 SHOW


The NAPA Auto Parts Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show presented by Lee
Myles Transmissions ended a successful week long show on Saturday night.
One-hundred and fourteen race cars of various divisions squeezed inside
the walls of the Fairgrounds Square Mall (Reading, PA) to remember the
racing past, present and future. The crowds all week were solid and
again, the Friday night portion of the show was the blockbuster. The
Mall was jammed with race fans taking their first look at the many new
race cars of 2009 and at the same time, collecting autographs from the
many Legends of Racing, including stars like Gerald Chamberlain, Jimmy
Keppley, Freddy Adam, Earl Derr, Russ Smith, Russ Delp and Bobby Braxton
just to name a few. Without a doubt, the excitement and energy of this
show supports that there is still a lot of interest in local short track
racing. The impressive turnout is also a good indication that the
weekly race tracks should expect strong fan turnout.

Looking to 2010, the Car Show will return to the Fairgrounds Square
Mall, opening on Sunday, February 21 and continuing through Saturday,
February 27 marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show and
thirty-one years since the last race at Reading. During the Friday
night Reunion, Event organizers Bob and Donna Miller announced that
they are in the final negotiation stage to transition this show into the
capable hands of local publicist Brett Deyo. "Both Donna and I
really enjoyed doing this show for twenty-four years. We made so many
friends and had the opportunity to meet many of the true legends of
racing. Some of our fondest memories include our time with Tommy
Hinnershitz, Al Tasnady, Larry Dickson, Gary Bettenhausen and Mario
Andretti. We feel good about our efforts of preserving the memories
of Reading and that is something we will continue to do with increased
involvement through the Reading Racing Historical Society. It's just
time to bring some new and fresh ideas to the show, and that is
something Brett Deyo can certainly deliver. I will be in the
background to help him in any way I can."

With support from Troy Wink Racing and approval by the Fairgrounds
Square Mall Management, the Miller's will be placing a plaque in the
floor of the Mall, showing the exact location of victory lane. The
plan is to have the plaque in place for next year's twenty-fifth
anniversary event.

The 2009 edition of the Reading Racing Reunion was one of the most
ambitious shows in history, with plenty of activities taking place
daily. A big hit during the week was the Randy's Raceway HO race
track, the display by the Reading Racing Historical Society and the
SmashMasters Demo Derby Exhibit. Several drivers took part in Celebrity
Bartending and driver interviews were presented nightly. On Saturday,
approximately fifty people took part in the "Find the Landmarks"
walking tour of the Fairgrounds. With help from the Fairgrounds Square
Mall and access to the blueprints, the group was able to locate the
Reading Victory Lane, Flag Stand, Announcers Booth, turns and
backstretch as well as the location of the Dallas French Fry Stand in
the infield. The tour lasted about one hour and covered the grounds
both inside and outside the Mall.

Special car show awards were presented and winners include:
Best Appearing Go Kart- - Dakota Kohler
Best Appearing Quarter Midget- - Lauryn Seigfried
Best Appearing Micro Sprint- - -Tyler Fisher
Best Appearing Late Model- - - Chuck Schutz
Best Appearing Open Cockpit- - - Dave Shirk (ARDC)
Best Appearing Modified- - -Darryl Dissinger
Best Appearing Restored Race Car- - Ronnie Tobias #17/Owner Wayne Weaver
Best Display of Show- - - Troy Wink Motorsports

A website is being created for the show and should be available shortly.
 
 


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